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A rich Art Nouveau facade offset by an opulent Art Deco interior characterizes the grandeur of one of Mexico City's most notable cultural landmarks, the Palace of Fine Arts. Radiant in its Carrara marble facade that glints under the sun, the building's resplendent dome is its zenith, a crystal-hewn structure that dazzles in ombre shades of yellow and orange. The building, built partly by architects Adamo Boari and Federico Mariscal, was envisioned as a celebratory landmark to commemorate the centenary of the Mexican War of Independence. Though plans for the building were laid as early as 1904, its construction ceased abruptly in 1913, owing to political and structural impediments. The building's construction was suspended for 20 years, only to begin again in 1932. This time, Federico Mariscal undertook the task and completed the building's construction in 1934. Since then, this revered landmark has been Mexico City's cultural nerve, having hosted everything from opera and dance to music, literature and art events in its seasoned span. Its mural-clad walls are home to the National Theater, the National Museum of Architecture and the National Institute of Fine Arts.
Teatro Metropólitan is unquestionably Mexico City's well-known entertainment hub. Nestled on Independencia street, this theater boasts a capacity of 3,165 people for each and every show. In the past significant artists and bands including Alanis Morisette, Jason Mraz and The Cranberries have graced the stage of this prestigious place. Providing a platform for upcoming talents and established ones, this theater is constantly buzzing with regular plays, concerts and other diverse events.
Although many consider it a cruel and primitive blood sport, others retain a passion for the corrida de toros (bullfight). The toreador's bravado and his vibrant costumes and the struggle for survival in the ring make this a thrilling event to watch. This bullring is one of the largest worldwide, with a capacity of more than 50,000 people. It is worth attending the fiesta brava if only to experience the song and dance presentation that takes place before the fight on Sundays at 4p, November through March.
Catch the best of the seasons classical and contemporary concerts at the city's very own Sala Nezahualcóyotl. From the very moment you step inside the hall, you will be impressed with the magnificent utilization of space, the seats giving the utmost comfort, the clear view of the stage from absolutely anywhere in the hall and the state-of-the-art sound surround system. Come to Sala Nezahualcóyotl and get a dose of cultural extravaganza.
This is the most important stadium in the country. Its construction was no easy task as the area where it was built was covered with lava rock after the eruption of the Title volcano. However, after a great effort, the stadium was opened in the 1970s. Since then, it has hosted many events such as the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, rock concerts and even religious events such as the visits of the Pope.